Sending Office: Lowenthal, Alan S.
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Ngoc.Nguyen@mail.house.gov

 

Request for Cosponsor(s)

Cosponsor Bipartisan, Bicameral Resolution Recognizing Human Rights Day 

Deadline COB 12/6/2017

 

COSPONSORS: Eleanor Holmes Norton, Raul Grijalva, Jerry McNerney, Jimmy Gomez, Suzanne Bonamici, Jackie Speier, Ro Khanna, Trent Franks, Gerry Connolly, Luis Gutierrez, Mark Pocan, David Cicilline, Bill Foster, Zoe Lofgren, Salud Carbajal,
Jan Schakowsky, Barbara Lee, James McGovern, Katherine Clark, Betty McCollum, Michael Capuano, Dwight Evans, Lou Correa

 

Dear Colleague,

On December 10, the United States and the world will celebrate Human Rights Day and the 69th anniversary of the proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) in 1948.

The UDHR, championed by Eleanor Roosevelt, represents the first comprehensive international agreement about the specific rights and freedoms of all human beings. Today, the UDHR holds the Guinness World Record for most translated document, with over 416
different translations, representing the universal sharing of respect for human rights.

The rights enshrined in the UDHR uphold the same basic principles of liberty and freedom enshrined within our own Constitution and Bill of Rights.  In fact, the promotion of respect for human rights as embodied in the UDHR is a central goal of U.S. foreign
policy, as declared by the State Department.

I invite you to join me on Human Rights Day, the 69th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as an original cosponsor of this resolution. A companion resolution will also be introduced in the Senate by Senators Coons and Tillis.

If you would like to become an original cosponsor or receive more information on this resolution, please contact Ngoc Nguyen in my office at 202-225-7924 or at ngoc.nguyen@mail.house.gov.

Sincerely,

Alan Lowenthal
Member of Congress

 

RESOLUTION

 

Recognizing the 69th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the celebration of “Human Rights Day”.

Whereas the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the United Nations 69 years ago on December 10, 1948, represents the first comprehensive agreement among nations as to the specific rights and freedoms of all human beings;

Whereas the Universal Declaration of Human Rights upholds the basic principles of liberty and freedom enshrined within the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights;

Whereas human rights awareness is essential to the realization of fundamental freedoms and contributes to promoting equality, preventing conflict and human rights violations, and enhancing participation in democratic processes;

Whereas the Department of State has declared that a central goal of United States foreign policy is the promotion of respect for human rights, as embodied in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; and

Whereas December 10 of each year is celebrated around the world as “Human Rights Day”:

 

Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the House of Representatives—

(1) recognizes the 69th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the celebration of “Human Rights Day”;

(2) supports the ideals of human rights and reaffirms the Universal Declaration of Human Rights;

(3) encourages all nations to continue working towards freedom, peace, and security, which can be achieved only through democracy, respect for human rights, and the rule of law; and

(4) encourages the people of the United States to observe “Human Rights Day” and continue their commitment to upholding freedom, democracy, and human rights across the globe.

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